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Albertsons pharmacies stocked with flu vaccine for 2018-2019 season

Albertsons pharmacies stocked with flu vaccine for 2018-2019 season

BOISE, Idaho — Albertsons Cos. pharmacies are alerting U.S. communities that they are stocked with the flu vaccine and ready to immunize for the 2018-19 flu season. Getting the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available is currently the best way to prevent getting and spreading the flu virus. The Centers for Disease Control

Walgreens locations to give seniors tips to avoid injury from falls

Walgreens locations to give seniors tips to avoid injury from falls

DEERFIELD, Ill. – To reduce risk of injury from tripping and falling, Walgreens will offer prevention tips and advice when it hosts a Senior Day at its stores nationwide on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Each year, one in four people age 65 and older falls and 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries,

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day

ARLINGTON, Va. — June 27 is National HIV Testing Day when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention unites with partners from health departments and other organizations to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and early diagnosis of HIV. The NACDS Foundation has been actively involved in funding studies to evaluate a model which may

Walgreens #ItEndsWithUs campaign heads to Chicago

Walgreens #ItEndsWithUs campaign heads to Chicago

CHICAGO — Walgreens announced that its national “#ItEndsWithUs” campaign is coming to Chicago to educate local teens on the opioid epidemic. As part of WE Day Illinois at The Allstate Arena in Rosemont, 15,000 youth will hear real stories of addiction and how Walgreens is working to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. The #ItEndsWithUs campaign

Anderson spotlights pharmacy’s public health role

Anderson spotlights pharmacy’s public health role

NACDS president and CEO Steve Anderson co-authored an article appearing in Morning Consult that highlights the role of pharmacy in public health. Written with Gigi Kwik Gronvall, senior associate at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the column explains how community pharmacy is helping to address the threat of anti-microbial resistance as it has

Trump budget would cut health care funds

WASHINGTON — The fiscal 2018 U.S. budget issued by the Trump administration calls for steep cuts in health care and scientific research while heavily boosting defense spending and offering substantial tax cuts. Dubbed “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” the spending plan was touted as a “taxpayer first” budget by Mick Mulvaney, director of the

PharmaSmart applauds CDC guide on blood pressure kiosks

PharmaSmart applauds CDC guide on blood pressure kiosks

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — PharmaSmart International reports that its blood pressure kiosks are in line with a recently released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) resource guide for pharmacists. PharmaSmart said Monday that the CDC guide, titled “Using the Pharmacists’ Patient Care Process to Manage High Blood Pressure: A Resource Guide for Pharmacists,” urges pharmacists

Pharmacy chains point to rising flu activity

Pharmacy chains point to rising flu activity

NEW YORK — Reports from pharmacy retailers indicate that flu activity has been on the rise. Supercenter chain Meijer Inc. said Monday that purchases of over-the-counter cold and flu remedies at its stores have climbed 30% in recent weeks. The sales increase, according to Meijer pharmacists, suggests a troubling trend: Many consumers may have passed

CDC says Zika will be endemic

MIAMI — The Zika virus is more prevalent than Florida health officials have reported, and pregnant women should consider postponing travel to Miami-Dade County, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last month. Because of the local spread of the virus, the CDC also reinforced recommendations for measures to prevent exposure to Zika.

Concerns about Zika threat on the rise in this country

WASHINGTON — A new study suggests that the Zika virus can live and cause damage in newborns for at least two months after birth, raising new concerns among health officials across the globe. The report, published online in the New England Journal of Medicine, involves a baby boy born in January to a woman in

Retail pharmacies go to bat for immunizations

Retail pharmacies go to bat for immunizations

ARLINGTON, Va. — Bartell Drugs, Quality Food Centers (QFC), Hy-Vee and Giant Eagle are participating in National Association of Chain Drug Stores projects to demonstrate value-based payment models for pharmacy-administered immunizations. NACDS said Friday that the three projects aim to develop and implement a scalable, replicable model for value-based payments that improves vaccination rates for

NACDS Foundation plans Zika campaign in Puerto Rico

NACDS Foundation plans Zika campaign in Puerto Rico

ARLINGTON, Va. — The National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation is launching a radio and digital education initiative in Puerto Rico to address rising concerns over the Zika virus. Plans call for the NACDS Foundation to begin airing radio messages on May 9 to urge women to seek advice from doctors and pharmacists about

CDC sharpens aim at antibiotic overuse

CDC sharpens aim at antibiotic overuse

ATLANTA — Nearly a third of antibiotics prescribed in the United States aren’t necessary, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC study, done in collaboration with Pew Charitable Trusts and other public health and medical experts, examined antibiotic use in doctors’ offices and emergency departments nationwide and

WBA steps up to combat the spread of Zika virus

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) announced last month that it would donate $100,000 to the CDC Foundation toward its Zika virus education and prevention campaigns. The company also said it would dedicate space inside its 120 drug stores in Puerto Rico where customers could learn about Centers for Disease Control and Prevention